Are you ready for a Rebellion?
It’s festival season again; throughout the summer, festivals near and far take over the world of rock ‘n’ roll and fans alike. Some may consider it to be the best time of the year, saving up their paychecks for months in order to make road trips to attend a few of these extravaganzas. One of the more popular festivals that has grown every year since its inception in 2011 is held in Charlotte, NC during the month of May.
Carolina Rebellion is entering its sixth year, the fourth at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event started as a day long dream concert for hard rock and metal fans and has now turned into a three-day long experience for thousands of fans to come together and party. Huge acts such as Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Korn, Godsmack, Shinedown, and Alice in Chains have headlined the event in years past, but this year’s lineup might be the best yet.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsKorn photo by Graham Denzler
For the first time Carolina Rebellion will last an incredible three days. That’s three days of screaming guitar solos, heart stopping drum fills, earth-shaking bass lines, and some of the best voices in hard rock and heavy metal. Just in case you’ve been living in a cave over the past few months, here’s all the details you need to know: This will all go down from May 6-8 at Rock City Campgrounds (Charlotte Motor Speedway). Tickets are on sale now, ranging from single day tickets to camping packages for the entire weekend. You can check out all the ticket prices and packages here.
Hellyeah by Graham Denzler
Maybe you’re wondering just what to expect at this year’s festival? I’ve got you covered. Rebellion will kickoff with a blast from the past as classic rock legends the Scorpions will “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” ZZ Top will take the stage as “Sharp Dressed Men,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd will sing about “Sweet Home Alabama” – and that’s all on the first night. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get ‘90s alt rockers Collective Soul, Nikki Sixx’s now full time group Sixx:A.M., late ‘90s and early ‘00s rockers 3 Doors Down, as well as one of my personal favorites, southern hard rock ‘n’ rollers Black Stone Cherry.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsCollective Soul by Dianna Augustine
Let’s not forget about Pop Evil, you know, those guys that go “100 in a 55.” Filter and Candlebox will take you back to the 20 years and Hellyeah will bring down the house as the heaviest band of the day. Also on the bill for Friday, May 6 are Between the Buried and Me, Escape the Fate, Sick Puppies, Aranda, Big Jesus, New Years Day, Avatar, Lacey Sturm, Glorious Sons, From Ashes to New, and Stitched up Heart. How’s that for an opening day?
Between the Buried and Me by Dianna Augustine
Make sure to wake up early and get rid of that hangover quick because day two will leave a good ringing in your ears. Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, and A Day to Remember will all be representing the new school on Saturday, May 7. Between those three headliners you’re sure to hear plenty of top radio hits and awesome tunes to keep you going all night.
//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsMegadeth by Martin Thomas
All you old school metal heads will rejoice when thrash legends Megadeth and Anthrax get the massive crowd moshing, and Lamb of God will be there to keep it all going. This day may be the heaviest of the three, as it also features hard hitters Bullet for My Valentine, Sevendust, and Trivium. Those three groups would normally be headliners themselves. You’re in for a pretty creepy sight when the Swedish band Ghost takes to the stage. Rounding out the day will be Clutch, P.O.D, the Sword, Parkway Drive, Saint Asonia, Wilson, Red Sun Rising, Texas Hippie Coalition, Audiotopsy, Monster Truck, Cane Hill, and Andrew Watt.
Deftones by Dianna Augustine
For those of you still capable of walking come Sunday, May 8, be prepared for a wild day. While the first day highlighted the classic rock bands and sound, the second went a bit more modern and heavy, but the third will be adding a little something extra. Metal icons Disturbed, Rob Zombie’s electronic infused hard rock, and metal/hip-hop pioneers Deftones highlight the final day. The rest of the day will be filled with multiple genres as acts such as shock rock legend Alice Cooper bringing his horror show to life right in front of your eyes and Cypress Hill break out some ‘90s hip-hop along with their heavy tunes. Bring Me the Horizon and Asking Alexandria will shake things up with their heavy sounds from the U.K. and Australia (respectively), and Yelawolf will be pumping out some pretty nasty beats.
August Burns Red by Molly Shores
Asian sensation Babymetal will leave your jaw on the floor and you can also expect to see Pennywise, The Struts, August Burns Red, Royal Thunder, Enter Shikari, Thousand Foot Krutch, ‘68, The Shrine, Hands Like Houses, Code Orange, and Raveneye.
By Molly Shores
That’s a pretty diverse lineup if you ask me. Each day has its own unique theme, if you will. Each day also includes a few groups that differ pretty intensely from the majority of the bands they will share the stage with. Carolina Rebellion is turning into one of the biggest and best festivals of the year so far, the 2016 set up proves that. Make sure to get your tickets now if you haven’t, you don’t want to be left out of all the fun, do you?